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By Brian Croft, Senior Pastor of Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky
This Sunday I begin a new adventure. I am starting a new sermon series preaching through the book of Ezekiel. You read that right! Ezekiel. Crazy, I know. I am committed to preaching through whole books of the Bible and that includes the really hard and intimidating ones. This makes me think back a couple of years ago when I preached through 2 Samuel. I particularly remember preaching through >2 Samuel 11–13 because I was reminded of the challenge it is to systematically preach through whole books of the Bible in light of the painful content found there. And yet, in the midst of being reminded of these challenges, the reasons to continue to do so have been affirmed to me all over again as I prepare Ezekiel. These reasons apply just as much to the more difficult books of the Bible to understand, not just sections of difficult texts.
Here are 3 reasons I remain committed to preaching through whole books of the Bible, even the really hard ones:
1) You cannot avoid the hard passages.
I remember clearly when I preached on David’s adultery and murder. I remember because it didn’t end there. Then, it moved to an interesting progression of rape, incest, and murder among David’s children. Let’s just say not what I would choose to preach if I was just picking a passage for the week. But our people need to hear these passages, and we as pastors need to wrestle with them to figure out what God desires for us to learn from them. Preach the hard passages and even the hard books. If your congregation sees you are not afraid to wrestle with them, then they are certain to grow less afraid also.
2) You understand the author’s intent better.
It amazes me how much better I feel I understand the writer’s intent because I have preached through the natural flow of his argument or narrative. When preaching through 2 Samuel, I linked David’s adultery back to David’s acceptance of a second wife in 1 Samuel. I did not read that in a commentary, but felt it was relevant as I saw it through the lens of the progression of the narrative as I preached through it. That is one of many examples of connections within the narrative I saw that I know I would not have, unless I was pouring over the narrative myself week after week.
3) Our people learn how to read their own Bibles.
Pastors are teaching their people how to approach and understand their Bibles by whatever the steady, weekly preaching diet is in their church. When we commit ourselves to preach through books of the Bible and to understand and deal with all its content, we are teaching our people to do the same on their own.
I am not at all against topical preaching. There is a place for it. But allow me to push a bit on what the steady diet of your congregation is and what the fruit of that diet is within it. Your people should be growing in their love and knowledge of God’s Word. They should be learning how to better read their own Bibles. As I continue to experience, they should grow less afraid of the hard, difficult passages nobody would choose to preach. I would say the same for hard, scary whole books in the Bible.
Ezekiel is a very scary book to most sitting in the pew. I’m a bit frightened myself. My hope is that my labor in this book will not just make them less afraid, but will make them more eager to worship the One True God portrayed in this amazing book—and that even the New Covenant we enjoy today because of Jesus will be more powerfully experienced.
The valley of dry bones actually found in Ezekiel (chapter 37) reminds us that God breathes life into his people through his Word. That includes hard passages… even the hard books. Pastors, embrace them and model for your people why they should not be afraid of these books.
By Dr. Philip Clemons Jr
I came across this article today that gives insight on starting and deveolping a small group bible study. It also have "step by step" instructions to bring out the full potential of your small group. I beleive this will be very instrumental in improving and making your small group bible study exciting. New ideas are good. Try it out! Click on the link below:
4 simple social media tips to boost sales
Social selling is one of the best reasons to use social media. Business owners, marketing managers, sales leaders, or account representatives intuitively know that selling through social media is an underutilized sales channel.
Tip #1: Use social media to target prospective buyers on Facebook
Facebook makes social selling a relatively straightforward task. Corporate sales training experts often recommend it as a natural way to build the business’ community.
Placing a Facebook ad is easy. A Facebook representative learns about the seller’s products and services.
Facebook helps the business to identify the business’ ideal persona using proprietary search marketing techniques. Pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns are a cost-effective way to generate leads or make sales on this social media site. PPC ensures that the business pays for only those people who “clicked” on the ad. The International Coach Federation (ICF) effectively uses this social media strategy.
Tip #2: Create Social Profiles to Reach the Business’ Ideal Persona(e)
More businesses understand the importance of a digital presence as part of the buying cycle. They spend considerable effort to know the ideal customer. Social media is one of the easiest ways to identify him or her.
A business profile page is important for LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Connect with relevant others to initiate the business’ network. If sales is the goal of the social media outreach, assign a sales professional as the community manager. BPM software can deliver real-time results of the campaign to every member of the sales and marketing team. Qatar Airways is a great example of a unified digital social media strategy.
Today’s buyer typically researches the product before outreaching to the business. Clicking on the business’ social media ad, or interacting with the business’ social media page, is the first step towards influencing and persuading the prospect to buy. The social media connection can activate new client relationships and sales with greater ease.
Tip #3: Connect Often on LinkedIn
LinkedIn’s format works well for almost any business in search of connections. These connections are the keys to effective networking and sales, and the company’s connections work around the clock, seven days a week.
Start by connecting to as many people as possible on LinkedIn. Use the prospective customer list to start making connections, then ask friends of the company to refer others.
Getting a foot in the door is also to accomplish on LinkedIn. Ask a customer to refer or introduce you to a dream prospect, then connect online. Don’t start with a “sales-y” outreach but do start the conversation. Liberty Mutual has developed an effective monitored presence on LinkedIn.
People who don’t take phone calls respond to LinkedIn messages. Sign up for InMail to maintain a gentle touch with prospects. Share articles of common interest or point contacts to an online portfolio. This keeps the business’ product or service gently in the forefront of prospects’ minds.
Tip #4: Join the Twitter Conversation
Twitter is one of the best places to connect with a dream contact list. Follow thought leaders in the industry, and make it top priority to keep up with their latest tweets. Plan to respond to these essential tidbits in real-time.
Use Twitter to expand yourself. Publish tweets about great ideas or relevant information in your business industry. Consider and share emerging trends. Retweet the best ideas that come your way, then link or mention trending posts or articles, wonderful quotations, and relevant statistics. Russell Reynolds Associates’ tweets with insight.
Everyone loves a personal message on his or her mobile phone or tablet. Connect with clients and prospects on Twitter to share fun and energy.
Social Media Uses
Sales professionals should always monitor social media flow and chatter as part of their process. Social media streams occasionally offer tremendous insight into current or would-be contacts. Tracking these conversations is the first step. The salesperson can decide to jump in and engage with the prospect after doing so.
Social media can be the light touch sales and marketing reps are looking for. Staying in touch with an on-hold prospect shouldn’t involve the drafting of long letters or emails. Sending a social media greeting every so often is just the right touch.
Of course, social selling hasn’t replaced the time honored sales process. Social sales complements other activities and fosters more relationships with less time and energy. Ultimately, social media can help the sales team close more sales and enjoy life.
In today’s busy world, every business needs organization. A well-organized business can meet the needs of its clients or customers in a timely fashion. Back in the day, every company or company owner had to buy a calendar book that was bought in December to plan their schedule for the coming year, but in today’s world of technology we have software that makes our job a lot easier.
We don’t have to buy calendar books anymore, now we have calendars on our phones, tablets, and computers. I personally use google calendar. If you have a google account then you have a google calendar. Google calendar is a calendar in the cloud for you can access everywhere. I keep my google calendar on my phone, tablet, computer and laptop, so wherever I am, I can access my calendar for meetings, reminders, events and it is always up to date because it syncs in real time as long as you have internet. What is good about it, wherever I am I can schedule appointments with my clients. Example, if I am with a client and they want to schedule another meeting, I just go to my calendar on my phone and see if that date is available. If it is not available, I can suggest a different day without double booking plus you can set your calendar to remind you of events or meetings so you don’t miss another meeting. No excuses.
You can also share your calendar with another person like your secretary to keep you on track and make your business successful and organized. Just put google calendar on all your devices and keep yourself organized and efficient.